Articles from January, 1987

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Activism and prayer

      Being a pro-life activist isn’t easy. No matter what occupation you’re involved in, there are always those days when you feel like you can’t get out of bed in the morning. Yet, in a particular way, this can be even more true for those of us who work fulltime for the pro-life cause. Some days you want to give up.   I can recall thinking, “If I watch another pro-life movie I’ll get sick,” or “Do I have to go ... (Continue reading)

Yes, I’m a radical

      A few months ago, when visiting Edmonton, I was interviewed by a young lady from the Western Catholic Reporter. She plied me with the usual questions about my background and my involvement with the pro-life movement. Then she shot this question at me, “How do you feel about being considered a radical?”   Like a seasoned rugby player, I side-stepped the question by saying, “Most people who call us radicals do absolutely nothing themselves. It is merely a cop out.” ... (Continue reading)

More looking back at 1986

  Pro-abortion politicians can’t escape pro-life protests   Pro-life people in record numbers were out picketing pro-abortion politicians last year. Ontario’s Premier David Peterson and his Attorney General Ian Scott were the objects of special attention for their willingness to pervert the justice system in Ontario in order to allow the continued operation of the illegal abortuaries in the province. At times, neither of them could turn around without meeting a pro-life demonstration. In Windsor, Timmins, Belleville, North Bay, Ottawa, Sault Ste. ... (Continue reading)

Mitges’ motion debated in House

      The motion of Gus Mitges (Grey-Simcoe) which seeks the agreement of the House of Commons to consider amending the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to explicitly protect the unborn child received the first of five hours of debate on Friday, November 21. The debate in the House of Commons was attended by ten Members of Parliament, the Acting Speaker and six pages, five spectators and six security guards. Friday afternoon at five o’clock is not an easy time ... (Continue reading)

Supreme Court rejects sterilization for handicapped

    Court-ordered contraceptive sterilization of the mentally-handicapped should become unknown in Canada following a Supreme Court of Canada ruling in late October.   Judge Gerard La Forest wrote that such cases should be approached with “the utmost caution,” adding later in the judgement that “it is difficult to imagine a case in which non-therapeutic sterilization could possibly be of benefit to the person on behalf of whom a court  purports to act…And how are we to weigh the best interests of a ... (Continue reading)

Looking at the “hard cases”

    Assault-rape pregnancy – the worst of the hard cases. Except for the cases where a pregnancy threatens the life of the mother, more people would allow induced abortion for this reason than for any other; approximately 75 per cent of the public is permissive for this reason. Also, a significant number of legislators also would carve out an exception for assault rapes.   How do we answer it? Well, for anyone fully aware of the facts of fetal development, the answer ... (Continue reading)

Looking back at 1986: a pro-life perspective

  Pro-life political parties formed   Three new political parties, each with a staunchly pro-life platform, were launched in 1986  and have begun to organize across the country. The Christian Heritage Party of Canada based in British Columbia, is a party with policies based on fundamental Biblical principles. One of these principles is the recognition that the right to life is given by God to man form the moment of conception.   The home of The Christian Political Alliance is Nova Scotia. Registered at ... (Continue reading)

The sexual revolution, feminism and the churches: Part VII: the spirit of contestation

        There is nothing more contrary to the pursuit of the truth and true religious thought and discipline than the spirit of contestation. In religion contestation is born when ancient standards in favour of orthodoxy are abandoned in favour of vague directions and notions.   Today, this spirit is widespread among section of the academic theological community. Tom Harpur, lecturer at the Toronto School of Theology, represents this spirit in its boldest, almost agnostic, form. (see Interim, December 1986).   Christianity only ... (Continue reading)

Lawyer advocates Nazi-style killing

      “History is bunk,” so said Henry Ford. A much wiser man warned that those who refuse to learn from the experience of history are doomed to repeat it, and two recent publications bear witness to the bitter truth of this warning. The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide by Robert Jay Lifton traces the steps by which German physicians, trained as healers, became mass murderers. The second book, by Joseph E. Magnet and Eike-Henner W. ... (Continue reading)

Attacked Again

      Campaign Life has issued a second formal complaint against the Globe and Mail. It has also complained about the conduct of Council secretary, Fraser MacDougall, whose personal intervention affected the Globe’s publication of the recent adjudication in Campaign Life’s facour.   As a member of the Press Council the Globe was required to publish the Council’s adjudication of Campaign Life’s complaint about a front-page article (April 28, 1986). The Council upheld the major complaint that the article, reporting a home ... (Continue reading)

Ontario adds “sexual orientation” to Human Rights Code

    On December 2, MPPs voted to amend Ontario’s Human Rights Code to include sexual orientation as a prohibited ground of discrimination. The amendment, part of Bill 7, and omnibus bill bringing Ontario legislation in line with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, passed after weeks of intense lobbying from groups on both sides and after a week of intense debate in the legislature.   Those in favour levelled charges of “homophobia,” “McCarthyism,” and disseminating “hate literature” at the groups lobbying ... (Continue reading)

Learn to swim

  The process of secularizing the nation proceeds unabatedly. The first battle to make the homosexual lifestyle equal to the normal family in law and society was won in Ontario on December 2, 1986. The assault on Sunday as a family and religious day of rest is in full swing. New proposals, by the Law Reform Commission, calling for reducing the charge against euthanasia or so-called mercy killing from first-degree murder to manslaughter or even less, have now been published.   Further ... (Continue reading)

The Editorial: Judicial anarchy

      It seems that the Ontario Attorney General’s commitment to enforcing the law operates on a double standard these days. Look at the continued prosecution of store owners opening illegally on Sunday and the lack of similar action against Toronto’s two illegal abortuaries.   Paul Magder is a Toronto furrier who has been challenging Sunday-closing laws for many years. His case is now being decided by the Supreme Court and yet police officers continue to lay charges regularly for his ... (Continue reading)

1986 – Looking back

    Clergymen stand up for life   It was the year that three clergymen stood up for life – even at the risk of going to jail. It was the year that three clergymen with padlocks were vindicated by the courts. Pastor Fred Vaughan, and Fathers Ted Colleton and Alphonse De Valk were charged with mischief for having padlocked the back gate of the Morgentaler abortuary. At their trials, all three trials being held together before the same judge, the clergymen ... (Continue reading)


Ottawa – Campaign Life and Coalition for the Protection of Human Life announce their intention to consolidate their year-old policy of close co-operation. The two national political groups will bring unification plans before their members early in 1987. (Continue reading)

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